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Red Sox Reliever Carson Smith Being Shutdown Through Weekend

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Red Sox Reliever Carson Smith Being Shutdown Through Weekend, Will Be Reevaluated On Monday

This afternoon, Red Sox President of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski had some very bad news for the Red Sox bullpen. He told reporters that reliever Carson Smith was having his rehab shutdown through the weekend. The team was going to reevaluate him on Monday.

“Carson still has a chance to come back and help us this year” said Dave Dombrowski regarding Carson Smith.

Carson Smith was supposed to be a huge part of the bullpen when the Red Sox traded for him before the 2016. During that spring, he suffered an elbow strain that sidelined him until May. He ended up playing in 3 games for the Boston Red Sox before undergoing Tommy John Surgery.

What It Means For The Red Sox

During spring training, the team was targeting June 1st as a reasonable return date for Carson Smith. Since then, the team has continuously delayed the start of his rehab appearances with AAA Pawtucket.

I know they are calling it muscle soreness for Smith but that can mean a million different things. The main thing is, you don’t know what you are going to get from Carson  Smith or when he is going to be back. They were targeting June 1st as a comeback date in the spring and now they are just hoping that he will be back at one point this season.

For a team that has such uncertainty in the bullpen, that is bad news. Right now, 8th inning role has been very uncertain for the Red Sox. Matt Barns has been very effective at home where he has a 0.56 ERA. But on the Road he has a 7.47 ERA. That is not reliable at all, especially since half of your games are on the road.

The Red Sox need another reliable arm out of that pen. Carson Smith was supposed to help the pen. Now you don’t know if you’re even going to get him back. That could force Dombrowski

Evan is a attending Bryant University and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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